Exhibitions: Vishnu: Hinduism's Blue-Skinned Savior

Narasimha the half man, half lion is Vishnu’s most aggressive avatar. He is shown here seated in meditation. In the Hindu tradition, meditation and physical power are closely related. Long sessions of contemplation are said to build up heat and energy in the body and mind of the practitioner. For devotees of Vishnu, the Narasimha avatar is the embodiment of kinetic energy, so it is not surprising to see that he, more than any other avatar, is associated with the yogic practices that help develop and harness that energy.